SPTS-opens-Silicon-Valley-Research Center in San Jose

(November 15, 2010) — SPP Process Technology Systems (SPTS) opened its new facility in San Jose, CA, the home for SPTS’ Thermal Products Division, and sales and support headquarters for North America. The Thermal Products Division was relocated from Scotts Valley, CA. Senior technical editor Debra Vogler attended and shares this report.

The new San Jose facility comprises a manufacturing space of approximately 28,000 square feet, with an additional 17,000 square feet in warehouse space. More than 80 employees will be serving the company’s global customer base out of the San Jose office.

Debra Vogler interviewed SPTS president & CEO, William Johnson, at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Johnson told ElectroIQ that the company is pursuing alternative markets it believes are under-served by the major players: MEMS, LEDs, packaging, and compound semiconductors. In particular, as larger wafers are used in these sectors, Johnson says that annealing and heat treating will not be able to be done by horizontal furnaces, so the company’s technology will be a good fit.

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In October 2009, Sumitomo Precision Products (SPP) acquired assets of Aviza Technology and subsequently integrated them with Surface Technology Systems (STS) into the newly-formed SPTS. In 2010, SPTS has experienced tremendous growth, on course to triple revenue compared to the combined pre-acquisition entities in 2009.

SPTS is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sumitomo Precision Products Co., Ltd, and designs, manufactures, sells, and supports advanced semiconductor capital equipment and process technologies for the global semiconductor industry and related markets.  For more information, visit www.spp-pts.com

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